Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Toddler Storytime

Back from vacation and back in the storytime groove of things!

My husband often bemoans how the books we read our daughter have lots of moms (if there are any parents) but dads are sorely lacking. SO! In honor of Father's Day this weekend, we did all Daddy stories in storytime today.

We also did a lot of summer reading things. Our program for birth-PreK has a list of 12 activities. You have to do 3 activities each month to get your prizes. I purposely made it that if you came to storytime today, you'd do 3 activities for your prize. And given that "We signed up for summer reading" is one of the activities, most people got to check 4 off, so they have a head start for July.

Welcome Songs:

To the tune of “Happy Birthday”

Good morning to you
Good morning to you
We’re glad that you’re here
Good morning to you

We go around the room and sing this to each child, using their name instead of "you."

Way up in the sky, the little birds fly,
While down in the nest, the little birds rest.
With a wing to the left, and a wing to the right,
The little birds sleep all through the night.
Shhhhh! They’re sleeping!
The bright sun comes up, the dew falls away,
"Good Morning, Good Morning!" the little birds say.

Mother Goose Rhymes:

Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.

One of the summer reading activities is "we sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."

La fourmi m’a piqué la main
La coquine, La coquine
La fourmi m’a piqué la main
La coquine elle avait faim, Aie !

La fourmi m’a pique le nez…
La fourmi m’a pique le pied…

Translation: The ant bit my hand/The rascal, the rascal/The ant bit my hand/The scamp was hungry. OW! The ant bit my nose…/The ant bit my foot… tickle each body part as it is mentioned. Listen to this song here.

Book:

Daddy and Me by Karen Katz.

Frequent readers know how much I love a good Karen Katz lift the flap book. In this one a child and her dad build a dog house together. After reading it, we talked about how there were some things that the Daddy did (like nailing the wood) and some things that the child did (like painting.) We talked a bit about safety and how sometimes we need a grownup to help us with things. Normally, I don't do so much post-game analysis of a book in a program BUT! "We talked about what we read today" is one of the summer reading activities. I think this is also good modeling about how you can talk about content even when the child is pre-verbal.

Rhymes:

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold
Pease porridge in the pot, 9 days old
Some like it hot, some like it cold
Some like it in the pot, 9 days old

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck two, the mouse said “woo”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck three, the mouse said “wee”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck four, the mouse said “no more”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Book:

The Daddy Book by Todd Parr

I love Todd Parr's messages of acceptance and his bright colors. Instead of talking about this when we finished the book, we talked about it as we read it. ("Some daddies have a lot of hair, Some daddies have a little hair." Then I'd say "my daddy only has a little hair. Does anyone have a daddy with a lot of hair?")

Bounces and Action Rhymes:

Airplanes fly in the sky, zoom zoom! (zoom hand around)
Airplanes fly in the sky, zoom zoom! (zoom hand around)
Round and round the airplanes go (arm circles around)
Flying high, flying low (arm circles up high, then down low)
Shhh... I think I hear one (finger to lips, then cup ear)
ZOOM! (zoom arm from one side to the other)


This is big big big (Hold arms out to side)
This is small small small (Cup hands together)
This is short short short (Hold hands with palms facing each other)
This is tall tall tall (Reach one hand above head)
This is fast fast fast (Circle fists quickly)
This is slow slow slow (Circle fists slowly)
This is yes yes yes (Nod)
This is no no no (Shake head)

This is the way the ladies ride:
Walk walk walk
This is the way the gentlemen ride:
Trot trot trot
This is the way the children ride:
BOOM BOOM BOOM

Bounce the baby on your knee or foot. When the ladies ride, bounce very softly, for the gentlemen, bounce a little more, and then bounce very vigorously when the children ride!

Song:

Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi

We shake our maracas and sing and dance along with the CD. I mentioned that one of our summer reading prizes they could get today was an egg shaker.

Book:

Daddy Hugs by Karen Katz.

Yes, two Katz books today BUT! I really like both of them. Plus, Daddy Hugs is a counting book!

Closing:

Patty cake, patty cake
Baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
Roll it, and pat it
And mark it with a B
And throw it in the oven for baby and me!

Clap baby’s hands for the first three lines. When rolling the cake, roll your hands, and then pat your knees when patting the cake. Draw a B on baby’s hand when marking the cake and mime throwing it in the oven at the end.

(to the tune of Shortnin’ Bread)

Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well

To the tune of “Happy Birthday”

Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you
We’re glad that you came
Goodbye to you

Go around the room, singing the song to everyone. Unlike the Welcome song, not everyone gets their own verse. It tends to go "Goodbye to Suzy, Goodbye to Luke, Goodbye to Lauren, Goodbye to Jimmy. Goodbye to Ariel, Goodbye to Tiana, Goodbye to Jasmine, Goodbye to Gladys." etc, and then we just sing a final verse of "Goodbye to You" after we've gone around the room.







1 comment:

  1. I am always looking for new bounce songs. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful work!

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